With pride at the beginning of the month and Leeds Fest at the end, August is a BIG month on the Leeds music scene. Take a look at Girls That Gig’s favourite artists touring around Leeds and Manchester this month.
KT Tunstall @ Millenium Square Leeds August 11th
From ‘Big Black Horse And The Cherry Tree’ to ‘Suddenly I See’ and ‘Other Side Of The World’, Scottish singer songwriter KT Tunstall sprung to popularity with her uplifting acoustic style. In 2006 KT Tunstall was named Best British Female Solo Artist at the Brits. A move to L.A. injected a power pop vibe to KT Tunstall’s music which you can see from 2016 album Kin.
KT Tunstall will be going Simple Minds as part of Millennium Square’s summer series.
For fans of Katie Melua and Ingrid Michelson
The Kut @ Verve Bar Leeds August 12th
The all-female alt rock trio from New Cross include Diana Bartman on drums, Stella Vie on bass and the multi instrumental talents of Princess Maha.
Their sound is a mix of 90s grunge, kick-ass rhythms and deep, dark alt rock with an unforgettably energetic stage presence.
The Kut’s debut album Valley Of Thorns having been released earlier in 2018.
For fans of Hands Off Gretel and The Ramonas
Britney Spears @ Manchester Arena Manchester August 18th
Pop princess Britney Spears may only be doing a few dates in the UK (including Scarborough) but her award-winning shows are not to be missed!
From first appearing on our radar with ‘Hit Me Baby One More Time’ way back in 1999, Britney Spears has been winning all the awards including Grammy, Billboard Music and MTV video.
For fans of Christina Aguilera and Gwen Stefani
Princess Nokia @ Belgrave Music Hall Leeds August 21st
Proudly independent rapper and feminist Princess Nokia a.k.a. New Yorker Destiny Frasqueri comes to Leeds later this month with a sold-out gig at the Belgrave Music Hall.
Heralded as the queen of queer goth, Princess Nokia has a versatile performance and producing style that ranges from hip hop to emo.
Power is in communities for Princess Nokia, who was brought up in foster care. Her multi-lingual sets shout to her Harlem hood girls, ancestry and those who brought her up as Princess Nokia explores her identity and who she is as an artist.
For fans of Chynna and Tommy Genesis
Pussy Riot @ Stylus Leeds August 21st
You may recognise this feminist art collective and occasional punk band from when they made the headlines protesting at the re-election of Vladimir Putin in 2012.
Coming from a background of flashmob style performances all around Russia, Pussy Riot have said that they will never conform to the capitalist system of the music system, such as ticketed events.
With a mix of abrasive guitar riffs and politically charged lyrics, you can expect the unexpected on the 21st.
For fans of L7 and Abstract Random
Best of the rest:
Gypsies of Bohemia @ The Deaf Institute Manchester August 12th
Gabrielle @ Gorilla Manchester August 13th
Slum Village @ The Wardrobe Leeds August 15th
Ariel Pink @ Gorilla Manchester August 15th
Phoebe Bridgeres @ Gorilla Manchester August 19th
Dirty Projectors @ Riley Smith Halll Leeds August 20th
St. Vincent @ O2 Academy Leeds August 21st
This Must Be The Place @ Belgrave Music Hall Leeds August 27th
Electric Swing Circus @ Band On The Wall Manchester August 31st
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